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Grant-Giving Corporations are Making an Impact on Communities

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 @ 14:03 PM

cashAs pointed out in our previous two-part blog, “Trends and Projections for U.S. Federal Government Grant Funding,” the availability of federal grant money is waning. Organizations that have once relied heavily on federal grant funding for their programs will likely need to look for other funding opportunities. Those opportunities could be from the hundreds of grant-giving corporations across the country. Corporations such as Bank of America and Walmart do more than provide banking services and discount products. These corporations, and hundreds of others like them, work to make a difference in their communities by providing grants to non-profit organizations in a variety of subject areas. Below we will detail a few of the grant-making corporations as well as their funding areas and any specific grant opportunities. There are countless other corporations looking for exceptional programs to fund so why not let us help you find several good matches for you? Contact a grant helper today to get your grant search started.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

In June 2012, Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded over $22 million in grants to more than 650 nonprofits. These funds were estimated to impact more than 31 million individuals. Nonprofit organizations in Bank of America communities have two opportunities for grants this year. Community development grants focus on nonprofit organizations helping with foreclosure counseling and mitigation, real-estate owned disposition, and affordable housing. Bank of America Charitable Foundation will issue a community development Request for Proposals (RFP) on April 15 and will accept applications through May 10. Additionally, nonprofits focused on helping with basic human needs, such as food, shelter, and benefits access can apply for a Bank of America critical needs grant. A critical needs RFP will begin on July 8 and applications will be accepted through August 2.

Walmart Giving Programs

The Walmart Foundation aims to meet four core areas: 1) hunger relief & healthy eating; 2) sustainability; 3) women's economic empowerment; and 4) career opportunity with its local, state, and national giving programs. Through the local giving program, nonprofits, government entities, schools, or faith-based organizations located in Walmart communities can apply for $250-$2,500 grants that will benefit the facility’s service area in one of the four core areas. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2013. Walmart also operates a state-giving program, which awards grants to nonprofit organizations that operate on a regional or state level or affiliates of larger organizations that operate on a state level. The application period for the state-giving program begins in June and ends in August. Also, nonprofit entities that operate on a national scale may apply for grants through Walmart’s national-giving program, which awards grants of $250,000 or more. Program ideas should be submitted using the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) format only. Unsolicited proposals or promotional materials are not accepted.

Cigna Foundation

Charitable organizations that aim to promote wellness, expand health opportunities, promote personal and professional growth, or find unique approaches to issues of local and global concern, could look toward the Cigna Foundation for grant funding. The Cigna Foundation judges grant proposals according to the following four qualities: responsive, creative, achievable, and beneficial. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

As a global financial institution, JPMorgan Chase aims to give back to its communities through its grant-giving Foundation. In 2011, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $200 million through grants and sponsorships. This Foundation supports nonprofit entities that promote community development, including programming that addresses workforce development, asset building, and financial literacy as well as those programs that encourage economic development and affordable housing. Also, the Foundation awards grants to K-12 education systems that increase economically disadvantaged children’s access to quality education. Finally, JPMorgan Chase supports organizations that encourage arts and culture in both schools and communities. To receive grant support for any such program, a potential grantee must first submit an online letter of inquiry.

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Seek Corporate Grant Support for Education

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 @ 15:12 PM

Lately, we’ve spent several blogs focusing on funding opportunities for a variety of educational disciplines, since educational budget cuts are making daily headlines in the local and national press. In this blog, we are focusing on just a few of the major corporations who fund various educational grants. There are countless additional corporations, organizations, and other non-government agencies that offer grants, and it can be a daunting task to begin sifting through them. If you need grant help, or if you simply need someone to help you identify which grants best suit your needs, contact a grant helper to help you find good opportunities and turn them into dollars for your organization.



It may focus on home improvement, but Lowe’s also offers several educational grant funding programs. Since 2006, its popular Toolbox for Education program has given over $20 million to over 4,000 K-12 public schools nationwide. Toolbox for Education grants have a value of up to $5,000.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and focus on K-12 public education and community grant improvements.

In addition to these two corporate grant programs, Lowe’s also suggests that when searching for smaller donations or funding, schools start by contacting their local Lowe’s store, which may also offer smaller-scale donations.



Target offers a wide variety of educational grant opportunities. Field trip grants, early childhood grants, and arts, culture, and design in schools grants are a few examples of what Target funds. Different grants are worth different amounts. For example, field trip grants are valued at $700, and other types of grants range in the thousands. Target gives millions of dollars annually, and it has varying deadlines for each of its different programs. As with any grant opportunity, plan ahead to give yourself the best chance for funding.


Education Grant MoneyThe American Honda Foundation (AHF)

The American Honda Foundation has awarded more than $27 million to since 1984. AHF grants fund a variety of interests, among them youth education and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education. Most grants range from $20,000 to $75,000, and there is a grant schedule that AHF follows. For more information about AHF’s history, funding priorities, and how to apply for a grant, visit the AHF website.


State Farm

State Farm’s Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants program has three primary areas of focus, one of them being education. Within education, the corporation offers three additional types of grants for K-12 public schools: teacher development, service-learning, and systemic improvement. Millions of dollars are awarded annually to educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Funding amounts vary depending on which grant is applied for. See the State Farm website for more information. 


These are just a few of the many corporations that fund educational institutions. For more funding opportunities or if you have any questions about grants, funding, or the grant process, contact one of our grant experts today. Start planning today for more funding in the future.


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